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2012 Philip Meyer Award winners announced

Three major investigative reports that used social science research methods to: Shine a light on Medicare billing errors and abuses; expose how the Medicaid system steered patients to use methadone; and revealed how race and privilege trumped justice in the granting of  pardons were named today as winners of the 2012 Philip Meyer Journalism Award.

First place is awarded to “Cracking the Codes” by Fred Schulte, Joe Eaton, David Donald and Gordon Witkin of The Center for Public Integrity. The series documented how thousands of medical professionals have steadily billed Medicare for more complex and costly health care over ...

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Enter the Philip Meyer contest for a chance to win $500

There are only a couple more weeks until the postmark deadline (Nov. 2) of the Philip Meyer contest and we want to see your work!

Three awards are given annually — a first, second and third place — to recognize the best work using techniques that are part of precision journalism, computer-assisted reporting and social science research. The awards are: $500 for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third.

To view last year's winners, go here. For details on how to enter go here.

Philip Meyer Journalism Awards Call For Entry

Enter the 2012 Philip Meyer Journalism contest for your chance to win $500.

Are you proud of a computer-assisted reporting story you've done this past year?
Do you have a keen eye for great watchdog stories and the ability to combine that with social science research methods? If so, enter into the Philip Meyer Journalism Awards . First place winners will receive $500, second place winners will receive $300, and third place winners will receive $200.
Click here to see last year's first place winner, here for second place and here for third place.


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Join us in Columbus for an Election Watchdog Workshop

IRE is bringing its Election Watchdog Workshop to Columbus, OH on August 24-25. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to cover the 2012 elections. Get in-depth tips and strategies to follow the campaign cash as well as help your audience track the behind-the-scenes battle for influence, backgrounding candidates, making sense of the new world of super-PACs and "independent" nonprofit advocacy groups and much more.
 For a schedule and additional information including registration details, please visit our website at http://ire.org/events-and-training/event/520/  

Behind the story: Who Can Vote?

By Leonard Downie Jr.

Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

                The News21 national investigation of voting rights in the U. S., which was launched August 12 on its own website, votingrights.news21.com, and in news media around the country, began early this year with a video-conferenced spring semester research seminar operating out of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Selected student journalists at the Cronkite School and 10 other universities – Syracuse, Harvard, Maryland, North Carolina, Elon, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska  and Oregon – interviewed national experts and ...

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The 2012 IRE Conference tiphseet and presentation CD now available

Even though the IRE Conference has come and gone, you can still access all that valuable information from the tipsheets and presentations we compiled. With over 100 files available you'll have all the tips and tools you need for not only your daily reporting but also long-term projects.

Available on one handy CD, you can purchase the 2012 IRE Conference tipsheet and presentations CD here. This offer is for members only. If you'd like to become a member to have access to this CD and all our other valuable resources, please go here.

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IRE Conference first-timer

By Mikel Schaefer
WVUE-TV New Orleans

Following the conclusion of the Boston IRE Conference, I felt compelled to share my experience as an IRE Conference first-timer, especially since I was a fairly rare species at the event. Unlike most attending the three-day conference, I was not an investigative reporter, but one of a handful of television news directors. Of the nearly 1,200 who attended, only several of us charged with running television news rooms were there. In these days of shrinking budgets, departments and employees, coupled with the increasing demand on our time, all I could think was I ...

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Join more than 1,000 colleagues at IRE Boston next week

More than 1,000 people are registered to attend the IRE Conference in Boston next week, and it's not too late for you to join them.
While early-bird registration has closed, you can register at the conference. Things kick off with a free half-day session on election coverage on June 13, the pre-day on June 14, and the full conference starts Friday, June 15. 
Registration is $230 for professionals, $100 for students. Thursday is an extra $65 for professionals, $35 for students. Get the registration form here, fill it out and bring it with you.
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Don't miss the early bird rate for the IRE Conference

The 2012 IRE Conference is just right around the corner and we've got some great things lined up this year. Don't miss out on the pre-registration fee which ends today, May 30 at 5:00 pm, Central Time. Aside from all the great speakers and panels, there will also be opportunities to: pitch your book to a literary agent, meet one-on-one with a mentor, take hands-on classes to further your skills in CAR and much, much more.

IRE announces winners of Freelance Fellowship competition

Columbia, Mo. A very strong group of stories were submitted for the IRE Freelance Fellowship competition. The winners of the Freelance Fellowship for 2012 are:  Stephy Chung, freelance journalist working in Beijing, for her story “Rising Prostitution among Migrant Workers in Beijing” and Brendan Borrell, a freelance journalist who won for his story “The Search for Missing Migrants” in the Laredo, Texas city cemetery.  This award of $1,000 each will help them continue their work.

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, this fellowship program has allowed IRE to award fellowships for the last five years, giving freelance ...

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